Sharif Meets UN Chief, Raises Kashmir Issue

27 September 2015

New York: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today raised the issue of Jammu and Kashmir during his meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and called for holding a plebiscite in the state. Sharif met Ban before his speech to the UN Sustainable Development Goals here today. According to the Pakistan mission, Sharif urged the Secretary-General to play a role in defusing tension between Pakistan and India and to help end alleged violations at the Line of Control. Sharif called for implementation of United Nations Security Council resolutions on the Kashmir dispute and holding of plebiscite to determine the wishes of the Kashmiri people. Ban stressed on the need for a dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve tension between them. The meeting is understood to have been dominated by the Kashmir issue. India has maintained that the Kashmir issue is a bilateral one and the UN has no role in it. The Pakistan Premier is currently in New York to attend the 70th United Nations General Assembly session, where his address is scheduled for September 30. The Pakistan mission here said the UN chief voiced concern over the tension between India and Pakistan. On Afghanistan, Sharif said Pakistan wanted to build a new relationship with its neighbour and expressed his country's readiness to assist in promoting the Afghan reconciliation process, if asked to do so. He also discussed with the UN Secretary-General domestic priorities and the fight to eliminate terrorism. According to a readout of the meeting provided by Ban's spokesperson, the Secretary-General stressed the 'necessity for Pakistan and India to continue their peaceful dialogue'.